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ABRSM Theory Exams
This page contains information for pupils taking ABRSM theory exams. It is strongly recommended that candidates read the ABRSM regulations pages before taking the exam.
Theory papers are marked out of 100.
Theory Examinations: Timings and Conduct
Theory examinations have the following durations:
Grades 1–3: 1 hour 30 minutes
Candidates with sensory impairments, learning difficulties or particular physical needs may qualify for an additional time allowance.
Items to take to the exam
Candidates must bring with them:
Candidates are advised to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the examination.
No candidate arriving more than 35 minutes after the start of the examination will be admitted.
Starting the exam
The invigilator opens the sealed packet of examination papers and informs them that:
During the exam
ABRSM provides plain ruled manuscript paper on which candidates may do any rough working.
Candidates may not bring any other material or equipment (e.g. their own manuscript paper, representation of the piano keyboard or any recording device) into the examination room).
Mobile phones must be switched off.
NB Any candidate infringing this rule may be disqualified.
Finishing the exam
Candidates may hand in their papers at any time after 40 minutes from the start of the examination. Having done so, must leave the room and may not return
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